Key, Robert Samuel|
6/28/44 - 12/29/13
Our husband, father, friend and hero, Robert Samuel Key, passed away unexpectedly while doing what he loved -hiking-with the son he loved, Patrick. A man of quiet strength, an outrageous humor, deep humility and unswerving loyalty, Robert lived his life loving his family and friends, and serving his country both through his military service in Vietnam and his continued work at the Veteran's Affairs Administration. Robert was a devoted husband of 31 years to Diane Amrhein Key, the world's best dad to Meghan, Patrick and Lauren and grandpa to Peyton Key, and beloved brother to David Key. Robert will be sorely missed by countless relatives, friends, associates, clients and others whose path he crossed. A highly-decorated Vietnam veteran and Green Beret, Robert retired from the Army as a Major after 23 years during which he served in the 1st Infantry, 82nd Airborne Corps, and 5th Special Forces Group. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" and five Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service and Meritorious Achievement, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as others. Robert then joined the Dept. of Veterans Affairs where he provided Readjustment Counseling and Trauma services to Combat Veterans and their families for over 26 years. Most recently, he was Team Leader at the South Orange County Vet Center in Mission Viejo. A Vigil will be held Sunday, Jan. 12th from 4:00-6:00 PM at O'Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 13th at 10:00 AM at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, followed by a 1:30 PM service at Riverside National Cemetery. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the American Heroes Tribute.
For more information: www.oconnormortuary.com.
Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 5, 2014